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Scale Your Business to Success Summit

I’m one of 14 speakers in the Scale Your Business to Success Summit .

14 Speakers spread over 5 days — delivered to you in bite-sized instructional videos —

From having a solid plan & increasing brand awareness to implementing how to do more with less & staying targeted in your zone of genius, speakers will be sharing their expertise and actionable steps you can take in your own business.

It’s FREE to join, all you need to do is sign up, choose which speakers you’d like to listen to, and then mark your calendars for APRIL 20 – 24

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Are you a Steel Genius?

Steel genius systems smart

Last but not least it’s the Steel Genius

Steel Genius:

📊  Systems Smart : You take care with detail but are often over-cautious. Warren Buffett, Henry Ford and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg share this genius

📊 Analytic Learner: Usually learns best by studying and reading all the details to understand fully instead of talking about content.

📊 Data-based Leader: Focuses at the data and detail and leads best when managing everyone by measures and metrics. While Tempo Genius is about consultation, Steel Genius is about calculation. Whereas a Blaze leader can assess his sales team by being out on the field with them, the Steel leader will know just by looking at the numbers.

📊  When entrepreneurs such as Getty and Rockefeller are criticized for their aloof style, it is exactly that style which enables them to lead from the back, rather than from the front or the side.

In Wealth Dynamics the 4 energies of Dynamo, Blaze, Tempo and Steel are further divided into 8 profiles which I will be sharing next 

If you see elements of yourself in several of the Genius types, then you will probably get more clarity when we look at the profiles.

Are you a Tempo Genius?

Tempo genius, senses smart

It’s time for the Tempo Genius

Tempo Genius:

⏰ Senses Smart: Grounded, but often gets lost in activity – Leaders from Gandhi to Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa share this genius.

⏰ Kinaesthetic Learner: Usually learns best with hands on experience

instead of listening to others or reading the theory.

⏰ Activity-based Leader: Focuses on ongoing activity, and leads best when keeping everyone on track. While Dynamo Genius is about creation and Blaze Genius is about collaboration, Tempo Genius is about consultation. A Tempo leader will check themselves and their teams against their activity relative to the market.

⏰   Don’t expect a creative plan from a Tempo leader. Do expect what needs to be done to get it done on time.

Any Tempo Genius people out there?

Are you a Blaze Genius?

Blaze Genius loves to connect

Blaze Genius:

🔥  People Smart: Loves people, but gets distracted quickly – like Marilyn Monroe & Oprah Winfrey.

🔥 Auditory Learner: Usually learns best by hearing and talking things through instead of having to read the detail.

🔥  People-based Leader: Focuses on keeping strong relationships, & leads best when encouraging & motivating others.

🔥 Blaze leadership is based on motivating people to perform at their best. Not the most important thing if you do not yet have the value in the market, but once that’s in place, collective communication and collaboration become key.

🔥  Needs VARIETY to glow: Constant variety with new experiences

Next time is the Tempo Genius

Are you a Dynamo Genius?

dynamo genius loves to create

Are you a Dynamo Genius?

Having briefly introduced the genius groups of Dynamo, Blaze, Tempo and Steel I wanted to share a bit more information about each in term & why understanding your natural talents can benefit you and your business.

Dynamo Genius:

💡  Ideas Smart- Great at starting things, but not so good at finishing – like Albert Einstein & Richard Branson.

💡  Visual Learners: Usually learns best with simple pictures and short explanations instead of lengthy course materials that leads to distraction.

💡  Task-based Leaders -: Focuses on getting things done, and leads best when holding others responsible to their tasks. Dynamo leadership is based on driving the new idea or project forward.

💡  People, analysis, timing – all take second place to action.   If you want to get things moving, put a Dynamo leader in place. However, once things are moving, move the Dynamo Genius on to the next project and appoint a new leader.

💡  Needs FREEDOM to grow: The freedom to express and drive things at pace.  Quick thinking and quick talking they will create an inspiring and ever-changing environment in which they can unleash their creativity

Sound familiar? – More information on the Blaze Genius next time.

Do you know your Zone of Genius?

Everyone is a genius

Do you know your Zone of Genius?

In previous posts we’ve discussed working in your zone of genius but there is probably a bigger question we need to consider first.

⭐️  Do you know your Zone of Genius?   ⭐️

You probably know the projects you excel at and the ones that give you that heart sink feeling but are you structuring your day and your business to make the most of your talents?

I’ve been using a system called Wealth Dynamics for many years, both personally and with clients to help them get into flow.

It uses 4 main energies groups or geniuses (or should that be genii?  Anyway, multiple genius states)

The 4 Geniuses are:

💡 Dynamo ~ Creation & Perspective

🔥  Blaze ~ Communication & Collaboration

⏰  Tempo ~ Consultation & Perception

💎 Steel ~ Calculation & Clarity

You will be a combination of all four.  However, you will have a dominant state and preference.

I’ll be sharing more in the next posts but if you want to know more information now just let me know via the contact form

Are you busy or in flow?

How often are you asked, are you busy?

The reply is often that “Yes we are!” but take a moment to consider if you are being productive too.

Being in flow is very different from being busy.

Consider the flow of a river, the main path of the river takes the fastest route to the sea but there are other currents there too, you could be caught in an eddy current, going round & round, feeling like you’re going really fast but in reality you’re not going anywhere!

We can often feel like this in life and business too.

When you are in flow you combine your natural talents & passions, spending time on activities where you add the most value and are trusted to add the most value.

For some, it can be difficult to pin-point our natural talents and passions as over time we can lose what it was that we really wanted from life. We can become so used to listening to the instructions and opinions of other people, the media, friends, bosses, partners and family that we may no longer have a clear idea of what we do want.

Think about what you thought you wanted to be as a child.

What made you laugh? What were your drawn to? What did you enjoy? What you were told you were good at or what you remember doing easily and effortlessly?

Has this been lost or just hidden from view?

Take time to peel back the layers that have been imposed on us by society, friends, family and ourselves. Learn how to listen to yourself and your intuition again and rediscover what makes us tick.

Or is this still you?

If would like some help reconnecting with your natural talents & more importantly need to know how to apply them to your business, let me know, I may just have a profiling tool which would help!


Can defining Your Why help you stand out from the crowd?

Discover Your Purpose

Can defining Your Why help you stand out from the crowd?

When we are bombarded with information from both online and face to face events it is a challenge to get your message heard through all the noise and even if it is heard, who can remember what’s been said?!

At networking meetings how many times do you hear all about what people do during their 40s introduction?

Compare this to the number of times you hear about Why people do what they do?

If you were asked the question “Why do you do, what you do?” Would you be able to answer?

I dialled into a webinar last week with Paul Dunn, Chairman of Buy1Give1, who was discussing Purpose.  One of the exercises he suggested the participants try was related to articulating our Purpose, defining our Why.  It’s a very simple process, like many of the best ideas, so I thought I’d share this with you.

Find a quiet room or a noisy one if you prefer and using the voice recorder on your phone, complete this sentence….

 

“I get up every morning to……………”

 

Why use a recording and not just write it down?

I know I’m never very keen to hear my own voice but when we write we tend to use words that aren’t naturally ours, in that split-second delay between brain and hand we start to judge and amend the content.  However, the spoken word tends to be more genuine and flows more naturally.

Your first recording will probably be something like

 “I get up every morning to err um, oh no that sounds rubbish………. where’s the off button?!”

Don’t worry, just start again and record as many times as you need.

Listen back to your recording how does it sound?  And I’m referring to the content, not your voice.

Think about saying this to a potential client or at a networking meeting, what sort of response do you think you’d get?

When we consider our sentence from a potential client’s perspective we may find that the sentence is rather focused on just us and could evoke a “that’s nice but so what type of response!”  Your Purpose is bigger than just the impact on you, so try the recording again including the two words

 

….so that….

 

“I get up every morning to……………  so that…………………………….”

 

The inclusion of two simple words moves the sentence on, from just being just about you to a wider level of engagement.

For some, this exercise can be a real challenge, the concept of Purpose is just too big or far removed from today.  Some feel as though they are defining their life long purpose, their life legacy and it’s just too much, if that’s the case, add the words

 

For now,………

 

For now, I get up every morning to………………………so that…………………….

 

Hopefully you will now have a sentence that you feel comfortable with but so what?

 

What do you do with it?

 

I started by asking the question:  Can defining your Why help you stand out from the crowd?

 

I think that the answer is definitely a resounding YES!

 

If you have ever spent time trying to refine your USP (Unique Selling Proposition), what makes you different from your competitors, you can be left feeling that the output is still somewhat generic, yet your Why, Your Purpose is totally unique to you.

Differentiation comes from clarity of Purpose and having this up front and centre in all your communications will really help you to stand out from the crowd and attract clients that are also aligned with your Values and Purpose.

Later in the webinar, Paul also went on to explain this attraction by thinking of yourself as an electro magnet, it only works if plugged into a power source and this power source is Your Purpose.  When you are truly connected to Your Purpose you start to attract people to your cause and to you.

My challenge to you is to look at all your marketing materials and ask yourself if Your Purpose, Your Why is as clearly articulated as What you do and How you do it.

And finally, next time you are asked what you do at a networking meeting, consider starting with Why you do what you do and see what response you get.

What is Fjaka?

What is Fjaka?

And how can it help you make better decisions in business & life?

Stress, anxiety, burnout, a constant sense of underachievement and tasks half done.  Its’s rare to open your email or social media account without there being an article about how our lifestyle is impacting our health, our relationships and our entrepreneurial abilities but what do we do differently as a result of all this advice?

This theme has recurred many times over the last few weeks, so much so I felt compelled to not just add it to my “ideas for blog” list ( You see Miles Seecharan  I was listening during your GTD presentation!) but to actually write something!

Last month I was at a talk by Brad Burton (Founder of 4Networking) who posed the question,

“What is your most valuable business asset?”

The replies were many and varied although there was a clear winner and that was you, and more specifically your ability to make quality decisions.

In all areas of life, your ability to make quality & timely decisions has a huge impact on your success.  Think back to turning points in your life when a decision has led to both positive or negative outcomes.  Is there a common theme in terms of the outcome of the decision?

What is universal is that stress has a massively detrimental effect on your ability to make good quality decisions, in a timely manner.

There has been a lot written about how we make decisions.  Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes two systems:

System 1 is an intuitive-based “automatic” system that can be summarized as fast thinking.

System 2 is an “effortful” system — a slow-thinking system that requires an effort (and some time) for us to arrive at the answer.

Whilst trusting our intuition can sometimes be the right option, system 1 can also be biased, emotional and simplistic.  System 2 is more reasoned, considered, analytical and rational.  However, once activated it can also rather hog the limelight.

There is of course a time and a place for both systems but it is important to be aware that we are often far less rational than we think we are.

And finally to Fjaka!

As some of you will know I spend a fair amount of time in Croatia and one of the many things I love about the country and the people is their ability to put things into perspective and to focus on the things that really matter.

Many times during my stay I will get asked the question:

“ Louisa, shall we take a coffee?!”

What has this taught me? Firstly, I must accept the fact that once again my name is considered to be a man’s name and I will now be called Louisa but more importantly it brings me back to consider the merits of taking some time before rushing into discussions and action.

The Croatians have a term, Fjaka, which was explained rather eloquently in a recent article in the Dubrovnik Times.  What is Fjaka? Well, it refers to being truly in the moment.

” To sit in the sun for a while. Relax. Watch the sea. Don’t think about what to write or where to go. Don’t think about tomorrow or even tonight. Turn your phone off. You have no goals for the next few hours.”

I wonder, shouldn’t we all make time to take a coffee and would this improve our ability to make quality decisions?

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